Monthly Archives: March 2008

Old Stuff 1

Trip with Controleman December 25, 2006 . I have no idea of the current condition of the building.

Silo Fun

Fun inside an old empty grain silo.


Benny Farm

Some old Benny farm buildings still stand after 4 years of being slated for demolition.

Funny how they used the building’s doors to cover the window openings.

Tallest mark 49 1/4 another one reads august 4 1999, bottom reads 6 yrs 16 1/4

This find gave me the creeps, It made me reflect about the people living there previously and how something as simple as their grandkid/kid’s growth chart is the only trace of them living there. Everything else in the house was gutted and the walls were bare like all the other appartements.

The bottom floors were really disgusting, Floorboards were warped, black mold decorated the walls and most of the ceilings found their way onto the floor.

Another exploration:

http://www.citynoise.org/article/4408

Links

http://www.bennyfarm.org/

http://www.sustainablebuildings.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=137042D9-1

Rex Theatre

Last May, Tijeff, Mickael, Maze and I Had the chance of getting in contact with the Rex theater caretaker to set up a tour of the place. His father used to work there when it was still active and he told us some stories and interesting tidbits.

Back then, this one screen theatre could seat 414 patrons. The building, which opened in 1923 was originally home to a butcher’s shop. This is why the theater has its unusual design; the entrance and lobby is at a certain angle, and the Theatre slants the other way . It is the only theatre in Ste. Anne de Bellevue.
Since the Rex closed, the roof has started to leak and the floor is badly warped and beams are rotten due to a recent flood, preservation steps have to be taken before we lose this building. The seats have all gone missing as well as the original lobby and ticket counters.

In its heydays, this theater showed silent plays, Vaudeville shows and movies until the late 90’s. Due to the size of the stage and also the size of the backstage area, plays might not have been shown. In August 2007, Second Body productions actually presented an adaption of a Shakespeare play in the theater, the audience sat on the balcony space while the play was acted at the original seating area.

the original tinned ceiling the theatre was redecorated for art deco.

Inside the projection booth, One of the original seats remain.

Original fabric covering.

More images:

http://www.cinematour.com/tour/ca/1482.html

Info.

http://www.westislandchronicle.com/article-91795-Ste-Anne-hopeful-for-a-Rex-revival.html

http://cinematreasures.org/theater/19971/

SuperAbandonment

With big projects to turn the old glen yards into the new superhospital, many new construction has sprung up around NDG. A building on Girouard and St.Jacques has already been torn down and 3 others on Sherbrooke are slated for demolition. This afternoon me and Snurferboy decided to check one of them out. Funny fact, the pawn shop that was once below this apartment was the place where I bought my first camera in the late 90’s. The city of Montreal evaluated this building pre-slating for demolition.

Historical pictures:

1920 When the commerce at the bottom was a drug store
Musé McCord

http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/collection/artifacts/MP-0000.587.142&section=196

Who’s got the popcorn?

Way back then, people used to sit down here to watch what they called, Movie pictures.

I swear it wasn’t as noisy as this before the compression.

This theatre was officially opened May 19 1928, closed in 1992.

More historical information here:

http://32elvismovies.livejournal.com/95445.html

http://www.cinematour.com/tour/ca/1346.html